Cecil Peacock's dual grade I winner Brother Derek is being pointed to the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I) following his runner-up finish to Lava Man in the $500,000 Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II), trainer Dan Hendricks revealed.
Brother Derek, a California-bred son of Benchmark, exited the Goodwood in top shape, Hendricks said.
"He ran great, and he pulled up great," Hendricks said. "He's back to being really fit so, as of now, we're pointing in (the Breeders' Cup) direction unless something tells us we shouldn't."
Hendricks said that Brother Derek will return to the track later this week. He said plans call for most of the colt's prep work to be done at his Santa Anita base and he would ship to Churchill Downs "about 10 days out."
"We'll play it by ear," Hendricks said. "But (for the Kentucky Derby) we shipped in 10 days before and breezed once over the track. Depending on the weather, we may have to call an audible, but that's the plan as of now."
Brother Derek finished a troubled fourth in the Derby.
Hendricks said that there are several factors involved in the decision to send the colt to the World Championships.
"The only legitimate spot we could run him in out here would be the Hollywood Derby (gr. IT), but I don't really want to run him in a 14-horse field (at Hollywood Park) on the turf," Hendricks explained. "I bet in 100 barns, 95 of them would do the same thing and run in the Breeders' Cup. He trained very well and ran very well in Kentucky; he ran one of the best races of his career at Churchill Downs. In my opinion, we have one of the best 3-year-olds in the country, so how do we not go?"
Brother Derek, who has amassed $1,408,450 from a record of 12-6-1-1, won the 2005 Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) and this year's Santa Anita Derby (gr. I). In addition to his fourth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby, the bay colt was fourth in this year's Preakness Stakes (gr. I).